The GO! St. Louis Marathon has been recognized as a great race for experienced or first-time competitors, who are looking for an event that provides an abundance of participant services and amenities. Additionally, crowd support along the course and helpful volunteers, make this event one of the highest quality marathon races in the Midwest. Each year thousands of people participate, not only from the St. Louis region, but from numerous other states and countries.
The marathon course starts and finishes in the historic St. Louis downtown area. As you begin the race, participants head toward the impressive Gateway Arch, before turning south and heading for the famed Anheuser-Busch brewery. The course also includes Union Station, City Garden, Forest Park (larger than New York’s Central Park), Washington University, City of Clayton, University City Loop (Voted one of the top ten streets in America), before heading down Market Street and the finish line.
For additional details on the marathon, including a course map visit our Event Details page.
Time Limit Rules
The marathon course route re-opens to traffic at a rolling schedule according to a 6.5-hour marathon pace or (14:52 minutes per mile). Half Marathoners must maintain a 14:52 minute per mile pace through 9 miles (Vandeventer and Forst Park Ave). The time limit rules will be strictly enforced. There will be a pace leader leading a 6 hour 30 minute marathon pace or 3 hour 15 minute half marathon pace (14:52 minutes per mile). The time limit will begin when the 6:30 marathon pace group crosses the start line after the start of the race.
Any Marathoner, Half Marathoner, or Marathon Relay participant who falls behind the pace prior to the Half Marathon Turnaround point will be required to move to the sidewalk and obey all traffic signals. At the half marathon turn-a-round (approximately 9.5 miles), any Marathoner or Marathon Relay Participant, who is behind the pace, must either turn and complete the half marathon or get in the sag wagon. Any marathoner, who turns at the half marathon turn-a-round and complete the half marathon, will receive finish line amenities (food, water, medical assistance if needed). After the half marathon turn-a-round, course support (police, course monitors, and water stations) will not be available to marathoners or marathon relay teams who fall behind the 15:00 minute per mile pace. Anyone who falls behind the pace must get in the sag wagon. Marathoners who only complete the Half Marathon will not be eligible for overall or age group awards. For additional information, please call our office at 314-727-0800.
2015 Marathon Prize Money
- 1st Place – $1500 (Male and Female)
- 2nd Place – $1,000 (Male and Female)
- 3rd Place – $300 (Male and Female)
Marathon Age Group Awards:
Official clock will determine overall winners, five deep, male and female, in these age categories: 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+ will receive an award.
Bridge Challenge 3.5 – Presented by Stupp Bridge Company
The Bridge Challenge 3.5 is a race within a race that starts near the entrance to the Eads Bridge and concludes after crossing the MLK Bridge. Participants will be timed separately on this portion of the course, with the top three in every age category receiving an additional award medal and a commemorative chocolate bar from Crown Candy Kitchen. Participants should check the results tent after the race to see if they placed in the top three. Medals will be available at the awards tent for pickup after the race.
Elite Athlete Status
We offer elite competitors the opportunity to receive a preferred start corral, access to the elite athlete tent, along with other amenities. If you would like to apply for Elite Athlete Status contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for a fun and rewarding experience, consider joining the more than 3,000 volunteers who help make GO! events and programs a success. The GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend requires the majority of our volunteer needs, but as a not-for-profit organization, we have additional opportunities for anyone looking to donate their time. Click here to learn more about becoming a volunteer.
Drury Hotels is the Official Hotel Partner of GO! St. Louis and offer preferred participant discount rates. To reserve a room or get additional hotel info click here.
The new line of official 2015 Marathon Weekend merchandise from Nike will be released soon. A limited supply is available online, locally at Big River Running retail locations or at the GO! St. Louis Health & Fitness Expo on April 4 & 5. Check out the 2014 line HERE.